Kutki (Picrorhizakurroa) is a powerful Ayurvedic herb used in treating mainly chronic fever a liver issue, skin disorders and diabetes.
According to Ayurvedic herbalists, if any patient comes to him with a liver issue, the first thing they think of is Kutki. It is not only detoxifies the liver and blood but it simultaneously strengthens this vital organ while enhancing cellular growth and tissue regeneration. It is useful in serious conditions such as Hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver; but can also be utilized in the more common issues of sluggishness, toxic build-up, excessive heat, and inflammation.
This eastern root possesses the powerful taste of bitter, which is said to be cooling, cleansing, and anti-bacterial by nature. Kutki, therefore, is a great option as an herbal antibiotic, anti-inflammatory agent, detoxifier and antimicrobial powerhouse. Kutki can also be used as a main herbal component to any weight-loss program as this bitter agent is great for increasing the digestive fire, promoting healthy elimination, and boosting the metabolism.
Due to the intense bitterness and powerful healing properties of Kutki, it has been used in many traditional Ayurvedic formulations such as TiktaGhrita (Bitter Ghee), PanchaTiktaGhrita, ArogyavardhiniGutika, PunarnavadiKvatha, TriphalaGhrita and MahaYogarajGuggulu to name a few. Some herbalists use Kutki as a replacement for its Western counterpart, Gentian, which is translated as “the King of the Bitters” (although I personally prefer Kutki any day).
***Sadly, due to the over-harvesting and unsustainable farming practices, Kutki is on the CITES list as an endangered herb. Therefore, it is essential to only purchase Kutki through a trusted source and to use this herb sparingly.
How to use Kutki
- • For Liver Health: Take 1/2 tsp. Kutki with 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera and 1 tsp. honey. Take 3 times daily with meals.
- • For Elevated Blood Sugar: Take 1/2 tsp. Kutki with 1/2 tsp. Turmeric. Mix in 1/4 cup of warm water and take before each meal.
- • For Clear Skin: Take 1 tsp. Tikta Ghrita melted in 1/2 cup hot water. Take first thing each morning on an empty stomach. If available, add 1/4 tsp. Kutki and 1/4 tsp. Turmeric for added benefit.
By – Assistant Professor – Mr. Anup Sati
Youth Rain Bow
Department of Agriculture
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital